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article imageCanadian photojournalist arrested and detained in Myanmar

By Leo Reyes     Apr 6, 2011 in World
A Canadian tourist and part-time photojournalist has been arrested in the Myanmar-Thailand border and has reportedly been detained by authorities.
AFP/Yahoo News reports, "Ron Zakreski, described by his siblings as a veteran traveler and part-time photojournalist, had crossed into Myanmar from Thailand in a border region controlled by the rebel Karen minority, Tin Maung Htoo of Canadian Friends of Burma told AFP."
Zakreski, who is also a retired psychologist, was charged with violating Myanmar's immigration law. He was brought to court last March 30 to hear his case.
Tin Maung Htoo of Canadian Friends of Burma said the 61-year-old Canadian will most likely be convicted and later deported.
Currently, Canada has no diplomatic relations with Myanmar. But the country's foreign affairs department said it is aware of the situation. reports, "Canadian consular officials are in close contact with Australian consular officials in Yangon. Canadians in Burma are provided with consular assistance by the Embassy of Australia under the Canada-Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement," a Foreign Affairs spokesman wrote in a statement to Postmedia News. "
Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has been under military rule for the past five decades until a new election was held last year and a new parliament was constituted. But most of the military rulers remains in power in the new parliament.
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